On Election Day, voters in Maine approved a ballot measure to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, a move opposed by controversial Governor Paul LePage, who has repeatedly vetoed the popular legislation that would cover 70,000 Mainers living at 138 percent of the poverty level.
LePage showed contempt for the will of the people by refusing to implement the Medicaid expansion. “My administration will not implement Medicaid expansion until it has been fully funded by the Legislature at the levels DHHS has calculated, and I will not support increasing taxes on Maine families, raiding the rainy-day fund, or reducing services to our elderly or disabled,” LePage said.
Leaders of the campaign for the initiative immediately said LePage was acting beyond the scope of his power. “The governor cannot ignore the law or the Constitution of Maine,” spokesman David Farmer told the Press Herald. “Simply put, the governor does not have veto power of citizen’s initiatives and he cannot ignore the law.”
What he can do though is drag his feet and muck up the process to prevent the expansion from taking place. The term-limited governor will be out of office in about 14 months. How many people will not have access to health care because of this idiot?
Meanwhile, ObamaCare becomes more popular. Across the country, more than twice as many people signed up for individual healthcare plans provided through the government-backed insurance exchanges created by the ACA on the first day of annual enrollment than signed up at the same time last year. The surge, and a rise in online visitors to the government’s healthcare website, came despite cuts in grants under the Trump administration to outside groups that help people navigate the insurance system and sign up for the ACA.